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for fitting us in. >>> and more on the disaster in japan straight ahead on "the daily rundown" with chuck and savannah, right now. >>> overnight, japan is reeling after the largest earthquake in its recorded history. it now pushes a tsunami across its shores and reports of several hundred are killed as the water sweeps away ships, vehicles, buildings, sparking fires, devastating coastal communities, and even threatening some nuclear plants over there. meanwhile, on this side of the pacific, waves are blanketing things, it's hitting hawaii this past hour and the west coast is now bracing for an impact later this morning. we have live reports. and we're going to hear from fema director right here ondale rundo daily rundown. >> let's get to the rundown. we will start with the breaking news out of japan. a catastrophic 8.9 earthquake in japan today. the largest earthquake in japan's recorded history. the latest death poll, the ap is reporting japanese police saying 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the northeastern coastal area. the quake sent tsunami waves barreling across the pacific, co
. "morning joe" starts right now. >> this is an international tragedy and although japan is a highly advanced economy and technologically equipped to rebuild, at this moment of crisis, it's important all of us join together in providing any help and assistance that we can in the days and months to come. >>> good morning. it is tuesday, march 15th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set here in washington, msnbc political analyst, pat buchanan. also the washington correspondent for bbc world news america, catty kay, and former white house chief of staff of president george w. bush, andy card in the studio with us this morning. >> we will show some of the headlines just to show -- >> big ones. >> what a big story this is. catty, you lived in japan over three years. give us your insight on some images we are seeing. >> i was there for the kobe earthquake that was in 1995. we are all focused on the nuclear crisis. all of those families who have lost somebody, lost parents, you're hearing the japanese talking in muted ways about their loss. but for japanese, who find expressing emotion in public
. >>> overwhelmed. rescuers fight aftershocks as they dig for survivors, but the japan death toll is soaring. millions now are facing a fourth night without water, food or heat. and now a radiation alert, a second hydrogen explosion rocks the stricken nuclear plant. japanese official its screen evacuees for radiation, and the u.s. has had to move warships back. >>> meanwhile meltdown fears. a third reactor is losing its cooling capacity. officials say even under the best scenario, this isn't going to end any time soon. it's monday, march 14th, 2011. i'm chuck todd. savannah is on assignment. >>> also this morning, libya, gadhafi's troops tighten their grip renewing calls for a no-fly zone from some rebels. we'll talk to the pentagon's press secretary on the latest on that. >>> then there's politics. another short-term budget deal. 2012ers are target to act more like candidates and the sound bite now heard around the country. let's get to the rundown and we're going to start in japan and the latest on the tragedy there. the prime minister is calling it the country's worst crisis since world w
, and los angeles are joining rescuers from japan and other countries. highly drained dogs are able to detect live victims who might be buried in the debris. the teams land the at a u.s. air base about 150 miles north of sendai. >>> the nuclear fears from this crisis in japan are only raising concerns here in the u.s. what if such a disaster ever hit us here at home? david kerley has more on that. >> reporter: japan had never declared a nuclear emergency. it is dealing with six runaway reactors. two in dire shape. >> two reactors now where we have core that is partially melted. this is unprecedented. >> reporter: the good news, inside those buildings, the hot nuclear cores and their primary containment housings are said to be intact. but with no electricity, the japanese are reportedly using firetrucks, taking the drastic step of pumping sea water into the cores and flooding the containment housings of both reactors. a last-ditch effort to cool the cores to stop the nuclear reaction. >> we are at a reactor tipping point. either over the next 24 to 48 hours they'll get coal of these
a the a nuclear power plant. >> the head of the u.n.'s nuclear agency is heading to japan to get more information. today the u.s. military sent two fire trucks to help battle fires at the fukushima plant. but they haven't been asked to use troops to help. meantime, japan's defense ministry decided against a proposed plan to dump water from helicopters over the badly damaged plants. radiation levels are just too high. you can see in this photo a big hole has opened in the containment vessel around the reactor, and large portions have collapsed. here is more on the plant workers who are putting their own workers putting their own lives in jeopardy to prevent a bigger catastrophe. >> reporter: they are the nameless, brave souls who volunteered or perhaps been asked to be the last line of defense. because they have specific skills and nerves of steel. five workers have already died and two are missing after the latest fire and two dozen are injured. nuclear experts say the skell ton crew are not managers, but probably technicians, men with the schematics of the plant in their head and can fix the clo
>>> americans are now leaving japan. meanwhile, president obama says american are heartbroken and deeply concerned about the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear prices in japan. jamie costello is live in our interactive news center. jamie. >> they are laying new power cables to keep the reactors nice and cool, but officials are running out of time. on our website, we have a special section set up in japan to spotlight, we have the videos, earthquakes, tweets, and eyewitness accounts. we want to get the latest from japan tonight. >> there is no end to the nuclear crisis at the fukushima ma power plant. according to one u.s. official, the new focus is on reactors three and four, where old spent fuel rods are in danger of over heating and releasing plumes of radioactive activity. >> it is dangerous than the meltdown, because there's more radiation in an unguarded fuel pond. >> old fuel, it actually is more dangerous than the meltdown. its radiation in an unguarded spent fuel pond, but a full scale meltdown remains a possibility. at reactor three, the 5-foot container of concrete
. when an earthquake hit off the coast of japan today, it set off a tsunami that swept over rural and urban areas with devastating results. the 8.9 quake was the strongest in japanese history, one of the strongest anywhere on record ever. we've got the latest from japan and from experts here in america. the u.s. is offering to help with rescue and air lift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus -- so that's what it was. here's what a wisconsin senate majority leader told fox news about the battle against unions out there. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions certainly what you're going to find is president obama is going to have a much more different time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. there you have it in black and white. look for democrats to use wisconsin as a rallying cry in 2012. also, gas lines from republicans. first haley barbour suggested president obama engineered price increases in order to get americans to
on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> the u.s. military says charter flights are leaving half fall from japan. many families have decided to stay. low levels of radiation have been detected in tokyo and beyond. tracie potts is in washington with the very latest. >> 600 americans are stuck north of sendai. the u.s. is sending in buses to get them. >> we're bringing in all available resources. we will protect american citizens who may in harm's way. >> not much has changed at the nuclear plant. it could take weeks to get the situation under control. the u.s. is now starting to collect its own data. >> when the united states says to evacuate up to 50 miles, there is a sound reason for that. >> basic physics and science says there cannot be any risk or harm to anyone here in the united states. >> few americans have boarded flights from japan. those who are coming home are being tested. >> we're screening passengers and cargo if there happens to be even a blip in terms of radiation. >> the fallout here at home. general motors is shutting down a plant because of a parts shortage from japan. nearly
to "washington journal" on this wednesday, march 16, 2011. the latest from japan -- "the new york times" headline -- "second reactor may have ruptured." first, let's start with the war in afghanistan. do you think it is worth fighting? a "the washington post" abc news poll says 2/3 of americans say it is not. the numbers -- we also have a line set up for active duty military. you can also e-mail us and we are on twitter. we will read your tweets on the air this morning. this is the story in "the washington post" yesterday looking at the war in afghanistan. "the afghan war is not worth fighting, most in the u.s. say." host: what do you think? is the war in afghanistan worth fighting? do you think it has been productive so far? if you think this time for a pullout? fairfax, virginia. jack joins us. good morning. caller: good morning. i had a comment about the war and one other comment. i do not think it is worth fighting. we're spending $2 billion per week and countless companies are just taking this money. it cannot be accounted for. that is why i think the republicans are all four wards because t
with some breaking news out of tokyo, japan. that city of about 7 million people has a new concern about radiation right now. >> and it's flowing out of every tap. new tests on tokyo's water have found it to be two-times above the limit for radioactive iodine considered safe for infants. parents are now being told to keep it away from youngsters. but the level of iodine is said to pose no immediate health risk to adults. >> also this morning, broccoli was added to an expanding list of tainted vegetables grown in that area around japan's crippled nuclear plant. the fda has already halted all imports from that region. we'll have more about that coming up. >>> meanwhile today, even more breaking news. there is word of an evacuation of workers from one of those crippled reactors at the fukushima nuclear plant. that evacuation came amidst some black smoke from the reactor. all six of the reactors have been reconnected, now, to power lines. but it still could weeks or months before the lines could power the facility's all-important cooling systems. >>> now, to libya, where moammar gadhafi's cl
scenes out of a disaster film. today in japan, it set off scenes of destruction. it set up a tsunami with devastating results. there was an 8.9 richter scale quake. the strongest in japan's history. one of the strongest anywhere on record ever. we'll get the latest from experts and the united states is offering to help with rescue and air lift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus, so what's that what it was. here's what wisconsin's senate majority leader said. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the union, certainly what you're going to find is president obama's going to have a much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. well, there you have it in black and white. but for democrats to use that little thought from that senate leader as a rallying cry in 2012. they've admitted it's about politics, about beating the president. also, gas lines from republicans. first, haley barbour suggested that president obama engineer price increases
>>> this week, disaster in the pacific. as my team and i cross japan to find almost biblical scene of destruction. fears of a nuclear meltdown. after the powerful earthquake. the devastating wall of water. a race is on to stop a dangerous radiation leak. and rescue tens of thousands. >> announcer: from abc news, a special "this week" with christiane amanpour, disaster in the pacific, live from tokyo, starts now. >> hello, again, and we are here live broadcasting from tokyo, where the government is scrambling to deal with this massive crisis. an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear disaster. the prime minister said on television, this is the worst challenge this country has had to deal with sin warld war to. we're here near the narita airport. the stages ground for u.s. and other international help rushing in. the government is concerned about a second meltdown at a second reactioner and a possible explosion there. it's playing down the idea of leakageradiation. my team and i went to the north where most devastation has been. my colleagues have reached some of the worst hit areas. w
news out of tokyo, japan. that city of about 7 million people has a new concern about radiation right now. >> and it's flowing out of every tap. new tests on tokyo's water have found it to be two times above the limit for radioactive iodine considered safe for infants. parents are now being told to keep it away from youngsters. but the level of iodine is said to pose no immediate health risk to adults. >> and broccoli was added to the list of vegetables taken from around the nuclear plant. the fda has halted all imports from that region. we'll have more coming up. >>> meanwhile, there is word of evacuation of the workers from the fukushima nuclear plant. that evacuation came amid come black smoke from the reactor. it could still be weeks or months before power lines could power the cooling systems. >>> now, to libya, where moammar gadhafi's closest advisers are said to be plotting his exit strategy. >> but the libyan leader did not seem to be going anywhere, when he showed up on tv for the first time in days. >> emily schmidt has details on the late-night appearance. she is live for u
in syria. the regime holds the weapons. >>> in japan, concern over radiation levels in the sea water. tests show radiation has spiked in the fukushima daiichi plant. it is not clear where the radiation is coming from. they are trying to figure out if there was a leak at one of the plants damaged by the earthquake two weeks ago. >>> accused cop killer, jamie donald hood is in jail today. he surrendered to police in georgia last night after a long hostage standoff. hood is accused of killing two officers. hood was watching the standoff. negotiators went to communicate with him and he released four hostages during the standoff. four others were freed when hood surrendered. >>> we are still waiting to find out who is america's newest multimillionaire. officials say one ticket bought in albany, new york had all of the numbers. the jackpot is $319 million. >>> now back to libya. two days before president obama talks to the american people about the u.s. role in libya, our sandra endo has the latest. >> reporter: the president is expected to layout the objective in libya. that speech is set for mo
, mark from washington. >> good morning. >> a lot going on today. should we get right to japan. >> let's do it. >> three days after getting a hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. right now rescue workers are searching for survivors in the country's coastal towns where more than 10,000 people are estimated dead and millions of residents without power and clean drinking water. safety concerns are also lingering over growing problems at nuclear facilities. earlier today, 11 people were hurt when a second hydrogen explosion rocked a nuclear plant, sending a massive column of smoke into the air. that blast was felt 25 miles away but the plant's operator says radiation levels are still within legal limits. meanwhile, the u.s. now says it has moved igts ships and aircraft away from one of the quake-stricken plants after discovering low-level radioactive contamination and "the new york times" reports that the "uss ronald reagan" passed through a radioactive cloud, causing crew members to receive a month's worth of radiation in about an hour. this is something we had a gut feeling about
andrews, cbs news, washington. >>> now to japan. the united states became the first nation to block the import of dairy products and produce from the areas surrounding the crippled nuclear power plant. japanese foods make up less than 4% of all u.s. imports. and it is unclear how much of that comes from the fukushima area. the fda says it expects no radiation risk to the u.s. food supply. >>> officials in tokyo say infants should not be given tap water. radioactive iodine in tokyo's tap water is twice the recommended limit for infants. and another earthquake hit northern japan this morning. workers at one of the fukushima reactors had to be pulled out because of a radiation spike. the japanese government says the cost of the earthquake and tsunami could reach $309 billion. charlie d'agata has more. >> reporter: electricity has been restored to the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, but workers have to check all the equipment for damage before switching on the cooling systems. that process could take days or even weeks. and, there's the continued concern of radiation leaks. >> th
right now on libya. also an apology in japan. after more workers are exposed to potentially deadly levels of radiation. and what's being blamed for this overexposure? a communications error. all this while fears grow that one reactor at that plant could be leaking. from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia, this is your cnn start morning. hello to you all. glad you could spent some part of your saturday morning with us. i'm t.j. holmes. i do want to start now, though, in japan with the growing concern over radiation levels in the ocean water around that damaged nuclear plant. radiation levels in the air at least seem to be decreasing. paula hancock's live for us in tokyo. hello to up. what are they saying about this possible leak of one of those reaccour reactor cores. that's a key concern right now. >> reporter: absolutely. well, t.j., this was said friday evening local time when they were concerned there could have been a break or rupture within the reactor core as well and this is why the water was 10,000 times the radioactive level than it should have been. but now they're saying
. >>> in japan now, a disturbing new discovery overnight. it could be a sign that the nuclear crisis there may be getting worse. >> i'm ali velshi, cnn exclusive. president obama defends america's role in libya and talks about whether he deserved that nobel peace prize. >>> research in motion is going to try to take down the ipad with its own tablet pc. let's get started, "american morning" begins right now. >>> all right. good morning. it is wednesday. >> yesterday we thought we were making some progress in japan. with heard they had restored power to a couple of the reactors, and again this morning. news has taken a turn for the worse. >> black smoke is rising from one of the reactors at daiichi's power plant and dangerous levels of radiation have been discovered in the tap water in tokyo. levels in the tap water there are double the legal limit for infants to drink. tokyo is 150 miles from the crippled daiichi power station. the likely source, of course, of this contamination. residents are being warned not to allow babies to drink tap water. and there are radiation issues with the food in
markets are sending this message. maybe the worst is over in japan, and maybe all the action in libya will not further disrupt the flow of oil. that's why in the last three days, the dow industrial average has gone up 423 points. that's about 3 1/2%. and that's why as of right now the dow jones industrial average is higher than it was on march tenth, the day before the japanese earthquake. and by the way martha, in all likelihood, 20 minutes from now, the dow jones industrial average will open higher still. it's a head scratcher, but it's going to happen. martha: it's fascinating. i guess in this sideways, stuart, you hope that the market, as it often is, is an indicator of things to come. and that stability may be accurately placed, you know. we can only hope at this point. but also merger activity giving a bit of a boost as well, right? >> that helped the market yesterday, that's for sure. at&t wants to buy t-mobile, big merger in the data transmission networking business. that gave the market is boost. but you've got to say, martha, the dow, at 12,000, despite the middle east fight
chernobyl disaster in 1986. you can now add to that the earthquake and tsunami in japan. the constant phoenix are converted boeing 707s 130 feet over 400 miles an hour. the u.s. military has delivered high-pressure water pumps to the fukushima daiichi plant. we now continue with ed schultz. good night. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" tonight. the latest on the crisis in japan. coming up later in the program, the bitter struggle right here in the united states that may be in desperate need of a leader. as the right wing assault on the middle class continues, unabated in michigan, and ohio. president obama's team is looking for new ways to fire up the base. if the president wants to fire up the base, he should stand with the wage earners who are fighting the good fight in those states. >>> but of course, the first story tonight is just, how dangerous is the nuclear crisis in the country of japan. that is a big question mark at this hour. u.s. officials warn if the situation is not under control within the next 24 to 48 hours, the country could be faci
not abandon also the japan. we have not abandoned them. wherever we have investment ties. it is up to the country to look out and make sure that our investments bring a return. i think the president is a good soldier. he should keep his head up even though people comment that attack him attacked his personality, attacked his demeanor. he's a good soldier and he does not address that. he should keep fighting and holding our red white, and blue flag. host: we're going to continue our discussion on what you think the president ought to say in his address on monday regarding the u.s. involvement in libya. but right now we're going to take a break and talk about what's happening in canada and joining us is david akin, national bureau chief of the ottwa sun to help us understood what's happening. guest: hi. host: on the front page of your paper, tory's lose confidence of the house and the mps off to the races. tell us what's going on. guest: that's the front page in all our papers right across the chain in canada today. kind of an odd thing. we'r
. more than 80 people were jaurd. >>> operators of japan's nuclear plant reported the radiation level is still high but not as high as first feared. the original reading put it at 10 million times higher than normal. the new test reduces it to 100,000 times higher than normal. >>> high radiation readings are impacting how workers handle work in japan. nine workers at the fukushima plant received dangerous doses of radiation. three workers hospitalized last week after stepping in a contaminated puddle. they are expected to be released tomorrow. >>> former president carter is heading to cuba at the invitation of the president. it's his first in nine years. he'll meet w with president castro to discuss bilateral ties. >>> check in with the "weather center." we are talking about some incredibly nasty weather that swept a good part of the nation. california, mudslides, heavy rain. in the south there was even hail. look at all those images right there. >> let's talk about the mud slights in california. this has been a big deal, fredricka. san pablo, california, several homes at risk. this i
is preparing his own take on the u.s. role in the war. >>> also this morning, new fears in japan as radiation levels reach stunning new heights, and the air around the damaged nuclear plant is no longer the worry. rather, it's the water. >>> also something we're keeping an eye on right now in great britain. budget cuts are coming at a high cost for british leaders. protesters on the streets this morning clashing with police officers over proposed austerity measures. we'll have the latest from there. again, this is happening right now. from the cnn center, this is your cnn start morning for this march the 26th. i'm t.j. holmes. we do want to start with a new and disturbing incident in tripoli. this happened today. it's a story that maybe highlights the brutality of a regime that so many people are now fighting against. we want to bring in our cnn international correspondent nic robertson with the latest. tell us what happened. >> reporter: well, t.j., it all began this morning over breakfasttime when a lady came into the hotel, a middle aged appeared to be very respectable lady came into the h
. >>> good morning. there are new fears in japan right now as radiation levels reach stunning new heights. the air around the damaged nuclear plant is no longer the worry. the water is. also, nato is getting ready to take control of the sky over libya. possibly changing the role for u.s. troops in that region, and president obama is preparing his remarks on the situation there. >>> and running for cover in the middle east. protesters in syria met with a hail of gunfire. is that the next domino to fall? from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia, this is your cnn "saturday morning." thank you for spending part of your weekend with us. we do want to start in japan right now where there is growing concerns over radiation levels in the ocean near that damaged nuclear plant, but there is some positive news as well from the fukushima plant. radiation levels in the air seem to be decreasing. cnn's paula hancocks live in tokyo. paula, hello. sounds like good news/bad news. let's start with the bad news. >> reporter: that's right, t.j. well, this is the water in the sea just off the coast of the fuku
this morning on both sides of the pacific. we begin our coverage with the latest from japan. two worker at the fukushima nuclear plant have been rushed to the hospital. a total of three workers of the plant stepped in radioactive water. no word on the condition of those workers or why the third worker wasn't hospitalized. >>> officials say new tests show that tokyo tap water is again safe for babies. a previous test raised concerns about radioactive material levels. authorities still plan to distribute bottles water to parents. >>> a hold on foods imported from the region around that damaged plant. russia joins the united states, australia, singapore and hong kong in imposing restrictions. >>> tiny amounts of radiation from japan have turned up in the western united states. air monitors in portland, oregon, detected trace amounts. health officials insist the amount is so small, there is no health risk. no need to buy those potassium iodide pills. >> there continues to be no health concern, no health risk to people in oregon. i would strongly suggest that people take whatever money they
in japan today about radiation levels in the sea water off the coast of the damaged fume sheem ed fukus plant. investigators are trying to determine if there's a leak at one of the reactors. >>> and two weeks after a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami in japan, the death toll is topping a grim milestone. more than 10,000 people are dead, 17,000 others are still missing. >>> a massive protest turned violent in london today. dozens of people were injured, including five police officers. tens of thousands of demonstrators madder through the city to voice anger over budget cuts, which includes slashing government jobs. >>> and a witness whose testimony helped conflict american amanda knox of murder in italy today gave conflicting stories in court. knox's attorneys say that raises questions about the witness's credibility. knox and her former boyfriend were convicted of killing knox's roommate. both are appealing those convictions. >>> accused cop killer jamie donald hood is in jail today. he surrendered to police in athens, georgia, late last night after a lengthy hostage standoff. hood
appearance in a week. >>> now onto japan and some major developments this morning. there are new concerns about radiation in tokyo. >> that's after some new test results there on tap water. abc's akiko fujita is live for us in northern japan. hi, akiko. >> reporter: good morning to you. the news out of japan has not been all too promising on the nuclear front today. we've just learned from tokyo water bureau officials that they have found levels of radioactive iodine in some city tap water. and those measured two times the recommended limit for infants. officials say the water is not an immediate health risk to adults but they have asked parents to stop giving their babies tap water. now, that adds to the list of products that have been effected by radiation leaks. vegetables, including broccoli and spinach, raw milk, even sea water have all been tainted. this came on a day when a spike in radiation levels forced workers to pull out of reactor number two at fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. they have been working to restore there -- restore the power there and stabilize the plant. the setb
are sharing their pain. akiko fujita, abc news, japan. >>> and the fbi is now involved in the search for amying girl in connecticut. 12-year-old isabella oleschuk was reported missing by her parents on sunday morning. she is partially deaf. searchers have been fanning out by her home for fear she might not hear her name being called. several sightings but so far nothing. >>> you guys won't believe this story. a 92-year-old woman in florida is at the center of a very serious but admittedly bizarre story. when she didn't get what she wanted from her next door neighbor on money, helen got so angry, she opened fire. wait until you hear what she wanted. melly holt from wftv reports. >> reporter: 92-year-old helen wanted a kiss and when she didn't get one from 53-year-old neighbor dwight bettener monday afternoon, marion county deputies say she got angry. >> there's three holes here in the wall and one hole in the window. and then, of course, one in my car. >> reporter: he told us his home was hit by a barrage of bullets shortly after he finished a conversation with his elderly next door n
>>> this morning on "early today," radiation scare. disturbing news out of japan about one of its damaged nuclear plants. >>> asleep at the wheel, what's happened to an air traffic controller who nodded off on the job as planes landed? >>> and disorder in the court, a woman flips out during a hearing >>> and disorder in the court, a woman flips out during a hearing in nevada. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with breaking news. there has been a troubling development at the crippled fukushima plant in japan where nuclear officials say a reactor core at one unit may have breached. although authorities implied today that the damage is limited, it raises the possibility of more severe containment to the environment. meanwhile, japanese officials say tests performed on tokyo's tap water now show acceptable levels of radioactive iodine for infants. however, some parents aren't taking any chances and supplies of bottled water are running low. and two weeks after japan's earthquake and tsunami, the official death toll
killed since demonstrations began just nine days ago. >>> in japan, highly radioactive water is now leaking into a tunnel underneath the fukushima nuclear complex. officials say it is 100,000 times more radioactive than normal. technicians want to pump the water out so the work can resume. all of the storage tanks are full. some of the radioactive water is seeping into the pacific ocean. doctors and nurses carrying for patients in the wreckage of niigata hospital are dealing with guilt. they fled the roof when the tsunami engulfed every floor. this wasn't time to move patients. 12 drowned in their beds. now the doctors and nurses are working around the clock. >> it is a natural disaster. they want to save everyone, but in this situation, they can't. >> kyung lah'sful report at the end of the hour. >>> more now on libya and the westward march by forces. they are headed to gadhafi's hometown of sirte. our cnn's reza sayah joins us. what is the next step? what does this progress actually tell us. >> reporter:? they made remarkable progress. they made 200 miles gained in the past 72 hou
. >>> our issues this sunday, disaster in japan. as a massive earthquake rocks the country. leaving hundreds dead and thousands missing. all eyes are on two nuclear reactors, crippled in the disaster as fears grow over a possible nuclear meltdown. we'll get the very latest. >>> meanwhile, back at home, president obama weighs the use of force in libya. and the clock clicks towards a government shutdown as both sides dig in. >> here's what we know. the republicans in the house passed a budget that has been now rejected in the senate. they are not going to get 100% of what they want. >> democrats want the president to fight with them but so far they say he's remained on the sidelines. with us, chuck schumer of new york. then could this finally be the unofficial start of the 2012 campaign? >> we will reclaim this land and make it greater and greater and greater. >> nothing we have seen in our lifetime as comparable to the level of depth we have to go to get this country back on the right track. >> our exclusive guests this morning, another potential 2012 candidate and a governor on the
story we're watching so closely this story in japan. a new set back in the efforts to stabilize the damaged nuclear plant. japan's nuclear safety agency says it doesn't know what it causing the black smoke to come from reactor number 3 there. the company that owns the plant did not detect a spike in radiation but ordered workers to leave the plant as a precaution. jon: radiation levels in tokyo's tapwater are twice the level recommended for infants, this comes as broccoli is added to the list of vegetables contaminated by radiation coming from the region. the crisis in japan turning into the world's most expensive disaster. it could cause $309 billion. a live report coming up from osaka, japan. jenna: today marks one year since the president signed the healthcare overhaul bill into law and potential gop candidates are using the anniversary to pitch their plan to fight it. former massachusetts governor mitt romney saying if he were president he would back waivers for the law for all 50 states. tim pawlenty is promising to repeal it. the 2012 campaign will be the first political t
earthquake and massive tsunami rocked japan. the death toll officially now is around 1400 but officials fear 10,000 could be dead in flooded areas in the northeastern region of the country. search-and-rescue operations continue. millions are without power. hundreds of thousands in temporary shelters and on top of all that horrible news increasing fears of a growing nuclear crisis and the threat of nuclear meltdowns at the fukushima complex. officials say an explosion could occur at unit three which may already be officially in partial meltdown. we have all aspects of this developing story. we'll get an official update from japan's ambassador the united states and i moment as well as analysis about nuclear concerns on the ground from the president of the nuclear energy institute. but first we'll go live to tokyo where nbc's lester holt joins us for the very latest. lester, tell us what's going on the ground right now with rescue efforts. >> chuck, i can tell you this is truly a three pronged disaster. it's a 9.0 earthquake. the usgs listed it as 8.9. be the officials here, the japanese did th
're taking things too far. we've got the latest on that, as well as the nuclear disaster in japan. let's get started, "american morning" begins right now. >>> good morning to all of you. good morning. >> nice to see you this morning. >> there's a lot of news going an overnight. overseas, this travel stuff for people traveling, a few areas of concern for them. >> everybody's worst nightmare, they say, what, the most dangerous part of flying is takeoff and landing. it's probably more dangerous when the pilot can't reach the control tower to find out if it's okay to land. we're going to play the tapes. it's amazing. >>> the other thing we're dealing with is the fireball fuelled by jet fuel. burning at miami international airport. they say that a jet fuel storage tank caught fire. they don't know how yet. all six storage tanks at the site were affected. the flames were brought under control a few hours ago. no one was hurt. airport officials say the flames were away from the runways and terminals but it could lead to delays and in cancellations since tanker trucks are being brought in to refuel
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. and the libyan leader vows a long war. >>> also this morning, a new threat in the japan nuclear crisis. workers are pulled from the plant after mysterious smoke rises from a reactor. and this morning, a survivor. a grandson speaks out after spending nine days in the rubble with his grandmother. >>> a stunning twist in a shocking murder. a yoga store employee, accused of weaving a wild tale, to cover up the murder of another employee. now, the victim's parents speak out live. >>> and tonight's the night we take you behind the scenes with a new cast of "dancing with the stars." and this question this morning, who is already showing they've got chemistry? >>> and good morning, indeed, everyone. george is off this morning. we are delighted to have our good friend, david muir, back with us. >> always great to be by your side. >> you were reporting this on "world news" last night. more missile strikes for the u.s. and allies against libya. now, from is growing concern over how gadhafi will respond. and whether he will make good on his threat of terrorism. >>> and the latest from japan this morning. o
relating to the march 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in japan. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection, the senate will proceed. mr. brown: mr. president, i further ask the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table with no intervening action or debate and any statements relating to the resolution be printed in the record at the appropriate place. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent the following senators be recognized for the times listed below in morning business for the purpose of giving their maiden speech to the senate: senator portman from my state following the maiden speech of senator coats on tuesday, march 15 for up to 15 minutes and senator blumenthal of connecticut at 12:00 noon, wednesday, march 16, for up to 20 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today it adjourn until 10:00 a.m. on tuesday, march 15, followi
charge. in japan, set back and progress, as the crippled reactor's spent fuel rods -- officials say they can't turn on the juice just yet. it's tuesday march 22, i'm willie geist. also this morning with the first republican debate, a little over a month away, if you can believe it, finally at least one major gop candidate looks ready to run. let's get to the rundown. >>> we begin in libya where a united states f-15 fighter jet crashed today while carrying out its mission in benghazi. >> u.s. military officials tell nbc news that two crewmembers have indeed been rescued from the ground there in libya and are safely on their way to europe. the two crewmember in their f-15 eagle were on a routine mission enforcing that no fly zone east of benghazi when the fighter jet experienced mechanical difficulty. the pilots tried to save the aircraft, couldn't do it. they had to punch out. the plane crashed into the desert. when the chutes deployed, the two crewmembers were widely separated. one crewmember was rescued pretty shortly after the incident. the second somehow found his way into the ca
, where one australian one described it as bloody scary. you can imagine after the pictures out of japan how you could feel there, right? no tsunami reported. we're going to bring you new information as we get it. >>> speaking of japan, happen -- "happening now", for the first time a to be cabinet minister warning residents 20 miles from the crippled thank you clear -- nuclear plant to stay inside with the windows sealed. this is the farthest the warnings have reached as smoke continues to rise from one damaged reactor. jon: now getting a look at conditions inside the plant, we hear three more workers have been exposed to radiation, pushing the total of injured workers at more than two dozen now. >>> and some new help from abroad, australia rushing in high tech equipment to try to cool the reactors, remote operated water canons arriving today, they are set to be deployed this weekend. jenna: nearly 150 mielts south in tokeo, officials urging calm in the city of 12 million people, evidence of radiation in the drinking water sparking runs on stores, the government asking residents not to h
,000 people there. meanwhile in japan, another set back in the effort to control the japanese doubled fukushima plant. there are high levels of radioactive elements in the water there. there is more efforts to pump fresh water in the reactor there. dominic? >>reporter: uma, that's right. u.s. forces and japan getting involved. the navy has two naval barges loaded with 550,000 gallons of fresh water to be pumped in the plant. they are making it up to deliver the water. the united states air force is using c130 to deliver 500 tons was freshh bottled water up to sendai, close to the plantt where there are difficulties getting uncontaminated supplies of water and helping out the public there. the air force based out of the air base west of tokyo, home to 306,000 servicemen who are caught up in this as much as the japanese citizens. >> japp -- japan is our ally and our home. when something happen to japan and we are able to help we are glad to. we raised our hands to say yes, we can help you out. >> the utilit company said the water is contained. but the government is not sure if they are
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